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Barry Sheene is voted top motorcycle icon

Eleven-times British Trials Champion Sammy Miller and Britain’s most successful female motorcycle trials rider, Becky Cook, helped open The Motorcycle Story, a new display at the National Motor Museum in Beaulieu.

The two motorcyclists feature in the museum’s Motorcycling Icons Wall of Fame, which is central to the new display. The gallery is made up of the top 20 riders as voted for by the public from a shortlist of 48 motorcycling icons drawn up in consultation with experts from the National Motor Museum Trust Advisory Council and a number of motorcycle focus groups.  It includes riders from all eras and genres of motorcycling, from early Isle of Man TT winners to modern world champions and celebrity riders.

Over 7000 votes were cast – both online and at motorcycling events across the South of England – and the rider topping the poll was Barry Sheene, one of the best known and most popular riders in the history of motorcycle racing and winner of two World Championships. Other icons on the wall include Mike Hailwood, Carl Fogarty, John Surtees, Maria Costello and Charley Boorman.Welcoming guests on behalf of his father, Lord Montagu, the Hon Ralph Montagu said: “We are now well over half way through a total re-display of the National Motor Museum which has been several years in development and aims to improve the way we tell the story of motoring and motorcycling and display our celebrated collection of vehicles.

“The latest phase is the display of our motorcycle collection in The Motorcycle Story.”

Following a ribbon cutting, motor racing commentator Murray Walker was invited to unveil a plaque marking his father, Graham Walker’s role as the first curator of the motorcycle collection at Beaulieu, beside a display case celebrating his life and achievements.

The Motorcycle Story takes the visitor on a journey through motorcycling history and the human quest for freedom, individuality and the desire to win.  For the first time, machines are displayed in their historical and cultural context; tying technological developments to changing trends in fashion, style and sport.


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